11 July 2010. 19:40

A total eclipse …


An hose-pipe ban here in Stoke.

A total eclipse tomorrow and a change of spell:
Jul 11 >>>19:40<<<
> http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/phase/phases2001.html

19 = 7 = Wet spell in Britain. But the extra 40 minutes make it an unstable spell perhaps due to an high pessure system over Greenland and a flaccid NA set-up. Which gives us the FitzRoy maxim: "Falling fast soon past".

We certainly got the striations for this spell. I wonder if Bernard caught the set up on Thor's Day? It was a marked crown made of con-trail like cloud passing to the north of us. A sign of I forget what weather. But it is a good one.

Pity my brain shorts out at times like these. Very sultry today,… so it doesn't help.

Easter Island braces for eclipse, tourist influx
(AFP) – 1 day ago

HANGA ROA, Chile — Remote and mysterious Easter Island is bracing for an influx of tourists and problems with Sunday's solar eclipse that is being seen as a mixed blessing for the tiny Pacific territory.

The Chilean island of only 160 square kilometers (60 square miles) is expecting an estimated 4,000 visitors, doubling the population of the barren isle which already suffers from water pollution and deforestation.

Four flights were to land Sunday at Mataveri airport with 1,032 people, and more visitors were expected on a dozen boats arriving during the week.

Normally there is just a single flight arriving each day.

But conditions are anything but normal this week on Easter Island, deemed by astronomers as the best place to witness Sunday's alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, which will occur for a fleeting four minutes and 41 seconds.

The total solar eclipse will begin in French Polynesia, before the Moon's umbra, or shadow, cloaks Easter Island and its mysterious giant statues.

Parts of the globe will be plunged into daytime darkness along a narrow corridor some 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) long across the South Pacific.

Easter Island Governor Pedro Edmunds Paoa told AFP that the island "has the capacity to absorb this number of tourists," saying it is similar to the influx in the austral summer in January.

But authorities have increased security, especially around key heritage sites including the large stone statues, or moai, some 3,000 years old, for which Easter Island is famous.

The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inhabited by mostly ethnic Polynesians, had been feeling strained even before the eclipse.

The Chilean government last year proposed a law to establish immigration controls on Easter Island and limit the number of tourists in an effort to protect the local population and the fragile ecosystem.

The concerns have been caused by a growing number of visitors who choose to stay indefinitely and a sharp increase in the non-aboriginal population.

But Paul Vargas, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Easter Island at the University of Chile, said Sunday's eclipse "is a good opportunity to strengthen the local economy, which is focused mainly on tourism."

He said the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck mainland Chile February 27 forced the navy to partially evacuate the island because of fears about damage from tides and currents.

In the months since, local authorities have scrambled to let the global tourism industry know that the territory was largely unaffected by the quake.

"We want to show the world that despite the earthquake, we are still in the tourist circuit," Local Mayor Luz del Carmen Zasso said.

On the streets of the capital Hanga Roa, craft fairs abound, and merchants were selling native craft items as well as souvenirs related to the eclipse.

Zasso explained that local officials have taken "all measures to protect the heritage and the environment."

She said visitors will be told to treat the island with respect. "Easter Island is an open-air museum, and the eclipse is part of this museum," she said.

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One thought on “11 July 2010. 19:40

  1. We certainly had some rain. It was threatening for days then a big lump fell in one flash flood. I got soaked by passing cars whilst waiting for a bus.One enterprising chap took to lobbing stones as such dolts and bullies. I do hope lessons were learned. He is carrying a bait launcher catapualt at the moment and a pocket full of marbles.They can do some damage to a bit more than paintwork.I hope he is careful.

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